The family is already distressed over losing the 85-year-old Nirmal Kaur, who succumbed to Covid-related complications at a private hospital in Mohali on Sunday. Now, the legendary athlete too lost his life in the medical ICU.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes and condolences over his demise. “In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away,” he tweeted.
In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away. pic.twitter.com/h99RNbXI28— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2021
The Athletics Federation of India condoled his death in a tweet saying, “Very very sad news for all #Indians, legend Shri Milkha Singh Ji passed away just a while back.”
A Titan who lifted the profile of athletics in a young nation, his sharp observations on Indian sport will be missed. His towering legacy will continue to inspire generations of young Indians. Rest in peace legend 🙏🏻 - @Adille1 President AFI pic.twitter.com/jtLKaGM2Bc— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) June 18, 2021
As the news of his death broke late last night, the entire country was devastated. Tributes have been pouring in online as netizens took to various social media handles and hoped that he rested in peace.
Shri #MilkhaSingh Ji‘s name was and will forever be synonymous with speed. He inspired generations to run & never give up. Extremely saddened to know about his demise. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. #LongLiveFlyingSikh pic.twitter.com/0vAvGORe7d— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 19, 2021
Rest in Peace our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 19, 2021
Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come. pic.twitter.com/ImljefeUEN
Someone who never took a medicine in his whole life— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshii) June 18, 2021
Who was tremendously fit from the very beginning
Even he couldn’t survive this Covid second wave
The couple passed away in a week’s gap 😢
RIP #MilkhaSingh Ji pic.twitter.com/81K5mBRNAO
Extremely saddened by the passing away of Milkha Singh. He was the father figure for all sportsmen. May his soul rest in peace.— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) June 19, 2021
Heartbreaking to hear that flying Sikh legend Milkha Singh sir is no more. The nation will always remember you sir and seek an inspiration from your life forever. RIP #MilkhaSingh sir pic.twitter.com/wnASq5QUUf— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) June 18, 2021